Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs and ProfessorDepartment of Anthropology
266 Monroe Hall
B.A., Temple University
M.A., Arizona State University
Ph.D., Arizona State University
I currently serve as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs in the College and as the Academic Dean for students in the sports of football, men and women's basketball, and men and women's squash. In addition, I teach archaeology classes in the Department of Anthropology. I frequently teach Human Impact on the Environment (with colleagues Hank Shugart and Steve Plog), Unearthing the Past (ANTH 2890) during January Term, and a summer class (ANTH 2589) in which I travel with students across Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado (this is team taught with a colleague from PVCC). I am thrilled to be starting a new forum with Erin Eaker in the Department of Philosophy (she is also an Association Dean) called Humans, Nature and Evolution. My primary research interests are concerned with the study of change over time in prehistoric economic and settlement systems. I am particularly interested in the impact of the adoption of agricultural strategies by foraging societies, the role of hunting in emergent complex societies, lithic analysis and the so-called "collapse" of prehistoric societies. My field research has been primarily in the American Southwest (where I worked in the Mogollon Rim area (Pinedale/Snowflake) and southern desert areas of Arizona); I have also done fieldwork in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and South Carolina.
In whatever spare time I have I enjoy spending time with my children and friends, swimming (I swam competitively for Temple University), walking/hiking, working out, and travelling—especially back to the American Southwest.